Sports shorts: Princess of Sylmar wins Kentucky Oaks

2013-05-04T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Princess of Sylmar wins Kentucky OaksStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A filly that trainer Todd Pletcher waffled on entering in the Kentucky Oaks has him poised to complete a rare double today in the Kentucky Derby.

Princess of Sylmar, a 38-1 long shot, rallied with a huge stretch run to win the $1 million Grade I Oaks on Friday at Churchill Downs.

One of four fillies trained by UA grad Pletcher, she upstaged stablemate and 3-2 favorite Dreaming of Julia, who finished fourth. Unlimited Budget, another Pletcher entry, ran third behind 2-year-old filly champion Beholder.

Pletcher has five horses entered in today's Derby.

Pima College

Aztecs win softball tourney opener

The Pima College softball team (44-17) won its first game at the Region I Division I tournament Friday in Coolidge, beating Eastern Arizona 4-0.

Yvette Alvarez (Sahuarita) improved to 27-12, tossing a four-hit shutout. Noelle Medina (San Manuel) hit a solo homer in the second to put Pima on the board.

No. 2-seeded Pima will play top-seeded Central Arizona at 9 a.m. today.


Mickelson up two shots after two rounds

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Phil Mickelson isn't having too much trouble at all with the greens at Quail Hollow.

Mickelson opened with two birdies and made back-to-back birdies late in his round for a 5-under 67 that gave him a two-shot lead going into the weekend at the Wells Fargo Championship. Through two rounds, he has taken only 50 putts.

Nick Watney, playing alongside Mickelson, made a few key par putts for a 70 and was in that the group two shots behind with George McNeill and 37-year-old tour rookie Scott Gardiner. Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood were another shot back.

• Ariya Jutanugarn, 17, weathered the wind and kept her lead Friday in the LPGA Tour's Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Va. She's at 7 under.

• Mike Goodes shot a 3-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead Friday after the first round of the Champions Tour's Insperity Championship in The Woodlands, Texas.

• In Tianjin, China, Mikko Ilonen of Finland tied the course record with a 9-under 63 Friday for a three-shot lead at the European Tour's China Open.


Pastrana wins Nationwide pole

• X Games star Travis Pastrana won his first career Nationwide Series pole Friday at Talladega Superspeedway. The 10-time X Games gold medalist-turned-NASCAR driver topped qualifying for today's Aaron's 312 with a fast lap of 176.500 mph on the 2.66-mile tri-oval.

• Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington, 26, was arrested Friday after being accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, who authorities said is the mother of his baby daughter.

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